Published by Macmillan on March 7th, 2017
Genres: Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Paranormal Romance, Romantic, Shifters
Reviewed by: Rebecca
They are the Arctic Brotherhood.
They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.
Elliott Wilder is a mild mannered Alaskan college professor. Wilder craves the things most people find boring. Seclusion. Monotony. Anonymity. But what Wilder craves most of all is the thing he can’t have… memory loss. Four hundred years ago, Wilder and the other members of the Arctic Brotherhood were captured and tortured by the leader of the Siberian werewolves. Wilder is still haunted by memories of that night, when he wasn’t able to protect his leader.
Now the Siberian wolf is on the loose and seeking revenge. Not only must Wilder lead the brotherhood, he must fight the attraction he feels toward its newest recruit, Jenny Piper. Jenny offers Wilder a glimpse of the life he can’t have. As the brotherhood races against time to save humanity from the horror their enemies unleashed on the world, Wilder must reach inside himself to find the leader the brotherhood needs and the mate Jenny craves.
ICE WOLF suffers from having both too much information and not enough. It’s rare to want a book to cut back on the world building and just focus on the love story. Elliott Wilder is a member of the Arctic Brotherhood, an elite fighting team with only seven members. He’s tried to completely remove himself from the werewolf lifestyle. But when an old adversary escapes from prison, both he and newcomer Jenny Piper join the Brotherhood to stop the threat. ICE WOLF does twist some of the standard werewolf tropes but the pack’s a long bloody history ends up stealing too much focus. There’s not much to know about Jenny Piper but we do learn plenty about werewolf mythology.
We’re told quite a lot about the characters and their beliefs but it never feels earned. Elliott Wilder cut himself off from his pack because he developed PTSD after a vicious fight some 400 years ago. As a result he can’t sleep and has panic attacks if he even hears about werewolves in pop culture. This is brought up in the first chapter then never again. Throughout the novel Wilder has no problem jumping into fights or leading the pack. I guess all he really needed was a good lay.
There are only two named female characters in the book. Both end up kidnapped or imprisoned. Samson, another member of the Brotherhood, is introduced as a misogynist who, we’re supposed to assume, is a jerk with a heart of gold. Even though Samson is eventually awed and protective of Jenny, it’s difficult to forgive a male character who outright dismisses her abilities and belittles her, telling her she's only good enough for shopping.
Even though Jenny is a bit of a blank slate, there’s no denying the attraction between her and Elliott. The romance between Elliott and Jenny is sweet and the novel’s saving grace. The complicated mythology and backstory does pull too much focus from character development; but, if you’re into Norse mythology, you may enjoy the details that Jane Godman put into the novel.Series Titles:
- Ice Wolf
- Shadow Wolf
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